how to make life easier

If you are my Facebook friend, you probably a) know that I am not good at things that everybody else is good at, and b) saw my desperate plea for help with my thermostat recently. 54 of you chimed in when I begged you to explain to me why my house was 65 degrees when I wanted it to be 73 in this joint. I love each and every one of you. You sent me pictures of your Thermostats to share that you also, felt confused and victimized.

I have had extensive hands-on workshops/discussions/"them-being-frustrated-very-loudly-at-me-and-needing-to-take-a-walk"s with my last two significant others JUST ABOUT THERMOSTATS and I JUST CANNOT. Really this is one of the things on my "ugh I just need to get married" list. Not companionship. Thermostat Inner Workings. I know I am a strong, independent woman, but sometimes I am also a selective feminist. It's really not a sexist thing; it's a lazy thing. I just want it to be someone else's thing to worry about. See also: the lawnmower. I refuse.  

SO I HAVE MADE YOU ALL A LIST of the things that make my life easier to live as a single homeowner who is busy and lazy and however else you wanna describe me. I KNOW that most of this is exorbitant and completely unnecessary. I KNOW that I have many degrees in higher education, and that I should be able to figure out how to do life without my little gadgets, but none of those degrees are in thermostat inner workings. Thank you for sharing.



Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation



So many of you recommended this! You really just cannot be good at everything, and I believe in conserving my energy in certain areas, and so I am having one of these installed. My friend Kaitlin told me that I'll be able to control it from my Apple Watch, and a lot of other things that it can do, but I sort of stopped listening was sold just on the Apple Watch part. And it's cute. And it saves money I'm pretty sure. 

Schlage Z-Wave Touchscreen Deadbolt


A constant piece of criticism in my life used to be that I wandered around without ever locking my house. The seller only gave me one key at closing, and then Sarah lived here, so we always lost the key or something. Or we'd lock each other out. I made a very angry flowchart about it one day. I could just never get my butt to the Lowe's that is, oh, sixty seconds from my front door to make a copy. Also, my Jeep has a touch-to-start. I am just not used to being held back by keys.

So, to fix the CONSTANT SHARES FROM PEOPLE about how this was unwise, I got a touchpad lock! You can ALSO use a key if that;s your thing, and you can ALSO control it from your phone. So, if I'm all snuggled in bed, and suddenly wonder if I locked the door, I can open the app and CHECK. 

Pro Tip: Don't make the code one number different from your ATM pin. I cannot talk about how much frustration this has caused me when I have been in a hurry and am not using my brain fully. 


Amazon Echo


So I do not, at present, own one of these, BUT I hear that it is a good home kit option if you are not an Apple product addict, like moi. One of my favorite bloggers/humans, Laura Tremaine, featured it in her 2015 holiday gift guide and says that it is a MUST HAVE, and when she says that, it usually means that I own the thing within six months. Here is the full CNET review for you, since I do not own the thing and therefore do not know everything about its power.


HP Envy Wireless Printer with Mobile Printing and Instant Ink


THIS THING. GAME CHANGER. Okay. So my thing with printers is that when I was at Wofford and App State, or had my own office, I was walking distance away from free mass printing, so I printed ALL THE THINGS. Now that I am running my empire from a home office, my biggest annoyance is RUNNING OUT OF INK and having to run to Staples on my way to Clemson or ship an eBay auction late because I am TOO LAZY to EVEN GO to Staples. 

BUT THIS THING. You sign up for a monthly plan based on number of pages you think you'll print ($5/mo for 100 pages) in order to help you budget or whatever, but the PRINTER SENSES WHEN YOU ARE ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF INK and then IT TELLS THE INK PEOPLE and then THEY MAIL INK TO YOU AUTOMATICALLY and IT GETS TO YOUR HOUSE BEFORE YOU RUN OUT. I cannot even. I love this century SO MUCH. I mean, obviously if you go crazy and have to print a lot, you'll wanna have some back-up ink, but for regular life, THIS ROCKS.


Coconut Oil


I don't know why. I don't know how. But, somehow coconut oil just makes everything better. There is a big sign about it at Trader Joe's. If I had to give you two pieces of advice, they would be: 

1. Don't respond to texts that you get after 2am.
2. Coconut oil.

Yunmai Body Composition Smart Scale


So we all know that I have been on a lil fitness binge this calendar year, and prior to that, have flirted on an off with weight loss and weird diets and being a soccer star or Olympian. Also, I am constantly injured. Like, right now. Orangetheory brought in a body compositionist last month, and she had a scale that showed us much weight in muscle we have in our left leg. It was amazing. So, to keep me on track while I am unable to work out, I snagged this little guy.

IT HAS AN APP that tracks progress over time, too! It doesn't just measure your weight -- it tells you your muscle mass, bone mass, hydration, and all kinds of things that are more helpful indicators of progress. Normally I am not even a fan of scales at all, but I want to monitor how much my muscle mass changes while I am Couch Girl instead of Cardio Barbie for the foreseeable future. 

Cuisinart SP-2 Rechargeable Salt and Pepper Mills


So if you are a Wofford grad, you probably know who Byron McCane is. THESE ARE ALL HIS FAULT. When I was a senior, he had some of us over to his house (that he built) for dinner (which he cooked) AND HE HAD THESE. They are so pointless, you guys, and you have to like, buy sea salt and peppercorns separately, but you just push the little button and it grinds you some fresh salt or pepper. There is even a little flashlight in case you are doing it in the dark. I wish I was making that part up; I am not.

I don't really remember paying as much for these as they are listed now, but honestly, LOL. So here is a cheaper version that is all on one little mill thing, which probably makes more sense:
[Cuisinart SG-3 Stainless Steel Rechargeable Salt, Pepper and Spice Mill]




iTouchless Sensor Stainless Steel Trash Can


WHAT?? I KNOW! Can we talk about how much I love that I can just crack an egg, or get a handful of all the food that I've left in the sink drain for a hot minute, and wave my hand over this little sensor, and the thing just OPENS? 

This is probably the one that you could make fun of me for the most, and if you think that, WELL then you haven't seen the three-times-as-expensive-ROSE-GOLD version that I had to REALLY CONVINCE MYSELF to take out of my cart and get this one instead.


So, there you have it. There is my list of creature comforts for you. I will likely make this a quarterly occurrence, as I am always finding things that I am mad have not existed my entire life.